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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is an eye condition that results in blindness due to damage to the retina. It is a complication of diabetes mellitus. The two types of DR are non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR).

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I suffer from NPDR. Is it curable?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 52-year-old woman with diabetes, hypertension, and thyroid problem. I am having a problem with my left eye vision, and the doctors say it is severe NPDR. They say that it is not curable or treatable. Do I have a chance of treating this problem? I do not have my sugar levels unde...  Read Full »

Dr. Bandivadekar Pooja Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You seem to have exudative maculopathy along with the said NPDR (non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy). There is no macular edema, but only deposits in the seeing portion of your eye. The pr...  Read Full »

I have a blood clot in my eye. Is it a serious issue?

Query: Hi doctor, When I woke up suddenly yesterday, I saw a spiral black cloud in my right eye. I can see through the cloud hazily and there is no pain. When I consulted my doctor, he said that I have a blood clot. Is it something serious? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Anand Yattinamani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your condition is vitreous hemorrhage. It is seen commonly in uncontrolled diabetes and diabetic retinopathy. If it is small, it will resolve on its own. You can wait and watch. If it is large and not resolving, it needs to be surgically removed. Other options are laser...  Read Full »

What is the screening period of diabetic retinopathy in type 1 diabetes?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 27 years old. I got late-onset type 1 diabetes when I was 25 years old. I was told diabetic retinopathy takes at least five years, but I have had some vision changes. I am concerned about that. I have been seeing rather large floaters. They are not crystal floaters but appear in brig...  Read Full »

Dr. Dadapeer. K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I reviewed your history. The symptoms of flashes of light with the presence of floaters along with the history of diabetes require evaluation. Waiting for two and a half weeks will be too long considering your profile as you are having type 1 diabetes. Five years is ...  Read Full »

How can I prevent my mother from developing diabetic complications?

Query: Hello doctor,My 65-year-old mother has diabetes, and I am concerned about potential complications like diabetic retinopathy and microangiopathy. Can you explain what these complications are, how they can affect her, and what steps we can take to prevent or manage them? Also, given my father's histor...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. Diabetic retinopathy and microangiopathy are two common complications that can affect people with diabetes. Here is some information that may help: 1) Diabetic retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that affects the blood vess...  Read Full »

Does a family history increase my risk of developing type 2 diabetes?

Query: Hello doctor,I had a fasting glucose level of 110 mg/dL checked yesterday, and my glucose level is 88 mg/dL this afternoon. My father has been a type 2 diabetic for 40 years, suffering from retinopathy and heart issues, and he also has a pacemaker.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Based on the information provided, it seems that you have a fasting blood glucose level that is slightly elevated (110 mg/dL) on two separate occasions, but a normal blood glucose level in the afternoon (88 mg/dL). Given your family history o...  Read Full »

Why did my doctor advise to take Accentrix?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having diabetes from the past 18 years. I have been advised to take Accentrix injection by my doctor. Kindly, suggest me in this regard. I have attached my OCT reports for your reference.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The optical coherence tomography report that you have attached is showing increased macular thickness in both eyes. This condition is known as diabetic macular edema. In diabetic retinopathy, abnormal, leaky vessels are formed on the retina from the fluid that is leak...  Read Full »

I have a retinal issue. What treatment should I undergo?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 54 years old. I am a diabetic patient since 24 years. I have a retina problem in both the eyes. I had a laser surgery in both my eyes two years ago. It was repeated last year with three injections of Avastin and this year, the laser surgery was done only in the right eye. But, I c...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have diabetic edema and diabetic retinopathy in the eye. From what I have seen, the left eye is fine but, the right eye is still swollen. The laser treatment w...  Read Full »

How can my mom prevent diabetic retinopathy from getting worse?

Query: Hello doctor,My mother has had diabetes for a number of years, and I am aware of diabetic retinopathy. Could you please clarify the link between diabetes and the development of diabetic retinopathy? Furthermore, what are the major symptoms and preventive steps that patients with diabetes should take...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Diabetic retinopathy, an eye-related complication of diabetes, is caused by damage to the blood vessels in the retina induced by high blood sugar levels. This damage worsens over time, eventually resulting in diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes duration, poorly regulated bl...  Read Full »

How will the doctor measure my lazy eye vision?

Query: Hi doctor, Other than the Snellen chart method, how doctors will check the vision of a person? I am a lazy eye person with low vision. How will the doctor identify my vision percentage?  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are many methods to check vision, according to the age of the patient. It is different for preverbal or verbal children and for adults. Many types of vision charts available. Snellen chart is one of them. There are ETDRS chart early treatment for diabetic retin...  Read Full »

My father is having constant pain in his head after eye surgery. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,My father, who is 53 years old, is suffering from diabetic retinopathy and has undergone vitreoretinal surgery. After the surgery, his eye (right) responded well. But now, there is a constant pain in his head. The doctors said that there is some pressure in the eye, which increases and res...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The eye has got pressure known as intraocular pressure (IOP) just like your blood pressure. The normal eye pressure range is 10 to 21 mmHg. Beyond this pressure, the neurons present in the optic nerve (a nerve that connects eye to the brain) starts damaging leading t...  Read Full »

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